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Megid Janraysig And Other Temples

By Nicholas Campbell-McBride

One of the first things you may notice about Ulaanbaatar,by either looking at a map or just walking along the streets, is the large number of temples and monasteries spread across the city from the north, east, south and west. On a map they all have the same symbol, so they are easy to spot and find, some are small, some medium size, some very big.
But if you want to see the most temples and monasteries in a row, without having to travel long distances around Ulaanbaatar, your best bet is the Zanabazar Street. Along this street, you can see four major temples, each as beautiful and cultural as the next. The temples and monasteries are easy to spot, each has a specific emblem on the front that shows you are in the right place, as will be described in more detail for each temple and monastery.
Once you have entered the road, walking straight on, the first temple you will see will be on your left. The temples can be noticed by two golden dear either side of a wheel on the top of the roof, they’re very beautiful and interesting to look at and easily spotted. From the outside the architecture and design looks familiar to the Asian style seen in places such as Japan and China, the roofs are the most noticeable, they slant upwards from the centre in an upside down arch. The rest of the building goes down from there, the most colourful and artistic part of the building is the roof, with its wooden carvings and bright reds and browns, quite impressive.
The name of the first temple you can see is the Lamiran Datsan, which is the smallest of the temples, though no less culturally outstanding. On the buildings themselves you will see allot of boards advertising the places with photographs and writing describing beautiful scenery of Mongolia. The windows have grates on them, inside there are two shops to the left and right with lots of colours and beautiful artistry in souvenirs, well worth a look.
The assistants are very helpful too, willing to give you directions and information on the places. Walking up some stairs at the back, you come to a door which is closed, but the door itself is beautiful to admire. It’s colourful, and has drawing and symbols all over it, it’s quite captivating. Back outside, the next temple you can see on your walk is the Zurhayn Datsan. Similar in style of roof and main building to the first, but quite a bit bigger in size, only small changes in carvings and design can be seen in the building and the walls.
Though inside, it’s a whole lot different to the first building. Theirs not shops, but rows and rows of benches with monks upon them, dressed in their colourful robes and bald either praying head down in hands, or head up hands still held. The chants are said quickly, with the eyes closed, it’s really quite fascinating to watch, thought they are best not disturbed. To see the next temple, you have to go through a very colourfully decorated arch way with more Mongolian symbols and images than can’t be counted. To see the Gandan Monastery and the Megid Janraysig, you have to pay a sum of around 30,000 local currency, and a little more if you want to take photographs. But the price is well worth it once you have visited the largest of all temples and monasteries, it’s an experience you won’t forget. The first group of buildings to your right are part of the Gandam Monastery, the buildings styles are quite similar and spread apart. Though the difference come in the use of a square for tourists to feed the birds, and hosts various artefacts, like shinny spherical chambers than can be spun, great cultural significance. Along with other pillars and posts to be admired, the buildings themselves can’t really be entered, but what can be seen outside is truly special. It’s the second largest to the size inside and out of the main Megid Janraysag. All along the path leading to the Megid, giant ornaments can be seen, and not ignored, to your left and right. The most interesting being the giant golden feet, that are cut off at the ankles, the detail and accuracy in the design is astounding. Along with other posts, bollards and various ornaments covered in Mongolian shapes and drawings, all very colourful to look at. Though the most amazing of all, is inside the Megid, though it’s not as big on the inside as the out, it’s a feast for the eyes, from the giant looming over golden statue holding ornaments, to the respectful table laden with photographs, dainties and more.In the time of Bogd Khan in 1911 was when the building was built, though the main statue was destroyed, it was rebuilt. After everything you see on this walk, the sights, sounds and even smells, it will be hard to forget, with the memories of beauty and culture.

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